let them eat cake
As Americans scrape pennies to pay for the rising cost of food and gas, Met Gala organizers have been criticized for celebrating over-the-top opulence.
This year’s gala, taking place tonight at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, has a ‘gilded glamor and white tie’ dress code, a nod to America’s era of prosperity.
The Golden Age—which took place between 1870 and 1900—marked a period of rapid economic expansion across the country, during which a small group of American families, including the Roosevelts, the Vanderbilts, and the Rockefellers, acquired outsized wealth.
But while the cashed-in elites flaunted their fortunes — with lavish homes, glamorous robes, and priceless Renaissance artworks — millions of commoners lived in abject poverty, struggling to make ends meet.
Now some critics have taken to Twitter, pointing to the problematic parallels between the Golden Age and our current context – marked not only by growing inequality but also by the highest rates of inflation in more than 40 years. At the same time, the US economy contracted 1.4% in the most recent quarter, the first contraction since the pandemic-related recession two years ago.
“Am I the only one who thinks this year’s #MetGala theme is off the rails?” one raged. “Inequality is at its highest level since the Golden Age, a pandemic and economic meltdown have ruined us, inflation is out of control… but cool, let’s wear #GildedAge clothes and laugh at inequality.”
They added, “To be clear, I’m usually a huge fan. But this year’s theme is a slap in the face to the average American.”
In the meantime, another blown up: “I’m still not over how ill-advised and unmusical it is for the Met Gala to choose the golden age as its theme. Yes, there will be great fashion. no, that doesn’t make up for the nausea.”
One third interfered say the glittery gala’s theme “would piss people off”.
The Met Gala is organized and directed by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, although she wasn’t specifically singled out in any of the tweets.
Vogue’s official Met Gala live stream begins at 6:00 p.m. ET and will be streamed across the magazine’s digital platforms, as well as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
Vanessa Hudgens, La La Anthony and Vogue Editor at Hamish Bowles share hosting duties.
Celebrities are not ashamed to go all out at the annual party, donning flashy dresses and throwing in millions of dollars worth of diamonds.
While the full guest list for tonight’s event has been kept top secret, Page Six sources say Cardi B will attend in an expensive Versace gown. Others reportedly on the guest list include Katy Perry, Sydney Sweeney, Gigi Hadid and all five Kardashian sisters.